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Learning iOS Forensics - Second Edition by Pasquale Stirparo, Mattia Epifani

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Apple support for law enforcement

On a regular basis, Apple publishes a document on its website called Legal Process Guidelines for U.S. Law Enforcement. These guidelines contain information on how to request Apple support to recover information from iCloud or from an iDevice, and specify the data that Apple, in some cases, can extract from a passcode-protected device. Apple's latest available version (https://www.apple.com/privacy/docs/legal-process-guidelines-us.pdf) states:

"For all devices running iOS 8.0 and later versions, Apple will not perform iOS data extractions as data extraction tools are no longer effective. The files to be extracted are protected by an encryption key that is tied to the user's passcode, which Apple does not possess. ...

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